Small Change | 6

A series to encourage making one small change to preserve our planet. “Does anyone have a plastic bag full of plastic bags in their house, or is it just me?” ~ Minions Quote

Swap Plastic for Cloth Produce Bags | the beauty in simpleSmall Change #6: Swap plastic for cloth produce bags.

I think the first conscious change I made to stop single use plastic was taking reusable cloth grocery bags to the market. I remember feeling a little weird because at the time it wasn’t a common practice. The store checkout staff looked at me like, “What am I supposed to do with these?” Change can be hard, not only for the habit forming, but the sometimes difficult path of doing things differently.

For me, change is made easier when I can attach something personal to it. You see those little hands in the image above? That’s why I do what I do. I want my children to be left with a beautiful planet. It’s reason enough for me to shrug off the stares and awkward conversations and fill my jars in the bulk aisle and place my groceries in my cloth bags.

That said, swapping plastic for cloth produce bags is not a hard change to make. Reusable produce bags are easily found on Etsy or Amazon. I bought mine from ECOBAGS. With some basic sewing skills you could make your own. You can even do without. In fact, it’s rare I even use a produce bag. I just pile the fruits and vegetables into the cart loose. Shopping without Single Use Plastic Produce Bags | the beauty in simplePlastic pollution and the toxic impact it has on humans, animals, the ocean, and the environment is a serious issue. If you want to learn more about the problems with plastic and solutions for change, I highly recommend you checkout the resource page on Life Without Plastic. Stopping the use of plastic produce bags is a good starting place for eliminating single use plastic. Have you made the swap?


6 thoughts on “Small Change | 6

  1. Yes! This is such an easy way to avoid plastic. I wonder why bringing your own cloth bags to the checkout has become so normal, but cloth produce bags haven’t yet. And, that cart full of vegetables is so gorgeous and makes me seriously hungry!

  2. I find it interesting that you get strange looks and such for using reusable produce bags. People usually tell me they think it’s a great idea. Unfortunately, they don’t very often ask where to get them. I’ve never had anyone complain.

    1. Using cloth bags doesn’t get much attention, but filling my jars in the bulk aisle most definitely gets a fair amount of attention of varying degrees. Just a couple weeks ago a Whole Foods checker got temperamental with me because she didn’t know how to enter the tare weights. A tare weight is a fraction of a pound, so a jar that is 1.7 lbs. actually gets entered as 170. Some checkers understand, but many would enter it as 17, which means I would paying well over the cost of the food. By the end of the transaction she thanked me for bringing my glass jars, but she was not pleased with the hassle it caused her. That has been the biggest challenge, but I tend to shop the same store, so most checkers understand the process by now. I’m so glad you’ve had positive experiences with bringing reusable produce bags! Thanks for sharing!

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